Fires of October: The Cuban Missile Crisis That Never Was

Author(s): Blaine Pardoe 

ISBN: 9781781551967
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The Greatest ‘what if’ of the Twentieth Century: the American invasion of Cuba, 1962.

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Fires of October is the military history of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Specifically, it covers the conflict that did not happen – the invasion of Cuba and other planned military actions where the world came perilously close to a nuclear Armageddon.

Using recently declassified materials for the first time, the invasion of Cuba is laid out complete with all of the pitfalls and misinterpretations of intelligence at the time.

The US expected heavy casualties in the largest amphibious operation since the Korean Inchon landings. Moreover, the invasion was based on old intelligence, dated maps and wilful misconceptions about the size, strength and composition of the Soviet forces on the island. Who would have won?

How would the invasion have likely played out? For the first time ever, these topics will be presented in a compelling and engaging format. 

BOOK ISBN 9781781551967
FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 208 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 15 October 2013
ILLUSTRATIONS 32 black-and-white photographs



Blaine Pardoe is the author of numerous books in SF, military nonfiction, and business management genres. He has appeared on a number of national television and radio shows to speak about his books and has been a featured speaker at the US National Archives, the United States Navy Museum and the New York Military Affairs Symposium.

He is also a member of the League of World War 1 Aviation Historians. His books have even been mentioned in the US Congress. His books have been printed in six languages and he is recognised worldwide for his historical and fiction works.